American Group 1 winner who joined Bart Cummings earlier this year, following a success in the Hollywood Turf Cup in November last year. He took a long time to show anything here, running third last in the Memsie Stakes, midfield in the Underwood Stakes and last in the Caulfield Stakes.
I know I’d written him off as a Cups contender, but he finally showed something in the Caulfield Cup when he found the line nicely. He may only have finished 10th, but it was a promising run from a Melbourne Cup perspective. That said, though, there were a number of runs that were better than his in the Caulfield Cup so I probably couldn’t have him here. He would be a popular victory as he’d give the Cups King, Bart Cummings, his 13th Melbourne Cup success. Cummings almost tasted success with an Americain import before, when Rosedale started favourite but could only manage third to Kensei in 1987. I’m not sure Sanagas can provide him with a victory, but he could add exotics to the multiples if everything goes right. Place only.
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Bred in: Germany
Trainer: Bart Cummings
Jockey: Nick Hall
Career Stats: 15:7-1-0
Last 5 Starts: 6×0060
Biggest Win: Group 1 Hollywood Turf Cup (1 1/2m – a2400m), Hollywood Park (United States), 19/11/2011
Sportsbet Fixed Odds (as at 7pm, Sunday November 4): $51